Pakistani Court made History by Declaring NRO Null and Void


Umer Sultan

Pakistan Supreme Court made history by declaring the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) unconstitutional. NRO was signed by Military President General Pervez Musharraf, which granted amnesty to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats who were accused of corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, murder, and terrorism between January 1, 1986, and October 12, 1999- the time between two states of martial laws. It was under pressure from the United States government in order to allow Late Benazir Bhutto to return to Pakistan for elections.

As this ordinance expired this month and the debate to renew this thug ordinance, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudary once again successfully won the hearts of the people of Pakistan, espacially the youth by declaring this Amnesty Ordinance void. NRO gave complete amnesty to all the politicians and beneficiaries regarding their previous cases on corruption. By the nullification of NRO, all those cases have been renewed and are back into the court.

What does this mean now? This means that the case of Corruption of Asif Ali Zardari is back into the court, along with many other prominent politicians of Pakistan. It also means that Supreme Court is presently not acting as a puppet of the Federal government as it was during the dictatorship of Musharraf.

Should the Supreme Court stop here? NO. The success of the Lawyers Movement that reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudary has given hope to the democratic element of the population. It also brought youth into political activism and gave them hope in the system. Now with this landmark decision, the youth once again feels proud and more hopeful. The Court should go on and hear the cases of corruptions and charge all the guilty figures regardless of their authority and position.

If the cases against Zardari are proved, he should be impeached and brought to justice. Mr. Zardari is well known as Mr 10% among the people of Pakistan. Recently, I watched a video at Facebook in which a politician of Pakistan Peoples Party, of which Mr. Zardari is the proud Chairman, bluntly said in front of the public in an interview that

“Taking bribery is our right. The whole society is corrupt and everyone is taking it. If we won’t take it then we will be left behind.”

(I am 99.99% sure that this politician takes bribery and is deeply involved in corruption, otherwise, no one can be that truthful and outspoken regarding their believes. Funny thing is, I haven’t heard any action in responce to this statement by this politician. I will try to find his name and post it here, or the video.) [Name of this Noble Person is federal minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi].

The youth of Pakistan has high hopes with the independent judiciary. Independant Judiciary is a very fundamental element of Islamic governance, and any effort by the Feds to indulge in Judiciary matters have received protests and resignations by Qadis (Judges) and Islamic scholars throughout the Islamic History. Moreover, Judiciary is the vanguard of Justice in any society, and with the new pumped up support of the youth due to lawyers movement and the trust in this Independent Judiciary, it is imperative on the Supreme Court to clean the Pakistani government.

The youth of Pakistan can’t take widespread corruption anymore. They want their socities to change, their cities to flourish and their country to prosper. Countless Facebook groups, Pakistani blogs, and other networking tools have become vocal in putting all these demands in one word “Revolution.”

Just a couple years ago, there was a feeling that Pakistan is bound to doom, but not any more. Oh guardians of Justice, fulfill your obligation. Take the lead in this and the nation will be with you. The people knew who is pro Democracy and Law and who is against during Lawyers Movement. Youth bared baton charges and tear gases along side men and women in black coats and suits in Lawyers Movement. They will stand again if needed be to defend the judiciary of Pakistan, if the Judiciary declars Jihad on Corruption in Pakistan.

No more corrupt cops, corrupt politicians, thug tax on entrepreneurs, land grabbers, teachers being disgraced, and the embezzlement of national treasury. The youth says NO MORE…

P.S. Good bye NRO.

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